Windows XP PPtP Client Setup

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Getting started

Before you setup your VPN connection, you will need the following pieces of information:

  • VPN server name: This will be either an IP address or a host name.
  • VPN username: If you are a member of a Windows domain, this is most likely the same username you use to login to your computer.
  • VPN password: If you are a member of a Windows domain, this is most likely the same username you use to login to your computer.
  • (optional) DNS domain name suffix

Setting up the VPN connection

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
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  2. Double click on Network Connections.
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  3. From the menu, select File and then New Connection...
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  4. Click the Next button.
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  5. Select Connect to the network at my workplace and then click the Next button.
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  6. Select Virtual Private Network connection and then click the Next button.
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  7. Type in the name of your VPN connection.  This is an arbitrary setting.  If you work for ACME Brick you could name your connection ACME Brick VPN.
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  8. Select Do not dial the initial connection and then click the Next button.
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  9. Enter the IP address or hostname of your VPN server and then click the Next button.
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  10. Click the Finish button.
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  11. Click on the Properties button.
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  12. Click on the Networking tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in the list and then click the Properties button.
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  13. Click the Advanced button.
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  14. Uncheck the Use default gateway on remote network setting.
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  15. This step is optional.  Only update this setting if you have been directed to do so.
    Click on the DNS tab and fill in the DNS suffix for this connection: and then click the OK button.  Continue clicking the OK button until you see the dialog in the next step.
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  16. You are now ready to initiate the VPN connection.  Fill in the User name and Password with your information and then click the Connect button.
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  17. Once the connection is made you will see the following notification in your system tray.
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